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tonight on "world news," moammar gadhafi speaking out, a u.s. exclusive with our christiane amanpour. the libyan leader laughs at the idea of stepping down. >> they love me, all my people. they love me, all. >> two other extraordinary interviews, bernie madoff, his voice from behind bars talking about the ponzi scheme, his wife and the son who committed suicide. and charlie sheen, the biggest star on network tv, a wild interview. why is he suing cbs? and made in america. a family is stunned when we go through their house searching for u.s. products. all about creating more american
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jobs. good evening. we begin tonight with a u.s. exclusive, moammar gadhafi. the flamboyant and brutal dictator at the center of the firestorm in libya. today our christiane amanpour became the only american reporter to sit with gadhafi. he refused to acknowledge libyan protesters. he laughed at demands that he step down, even as anti-government forces rage across his country. so let's go right away to christiane in tripoli. good evening, christiane. you sat right across from a man the whole world is wondering what he'll do next. what did you hear? >> reporter: well, diane, i see he was relaxed and focused determined to tell his side of the story. on the other hand, he remains incapable of realizing there is
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an uprising against him. colonel gadhafi emerged from the first of a convoy of cars, greeting us at a beachfront restaurant as the sun set over the mediterranean. in his trademark flowing robes and gold rimmed aviator shades he looked every inch the flamboyant character he's known to be. how are you? good to meet you. i'm christiane amanpour. abc. gadhafi is not hiding in some underground bunker. he walked right in through the front doors and he wants people to know that he's still in tripoli. i sat down along with two british journalists for his first interview since the uprising began here 11 days ago. >> translator: obviously this is the first time i'm meeting the press these days. >> reporter: though he spoke mostly in arabic at times he broke into excited english. >> no demonstration at all in the city, no, no one against us, against me for what? because i am not president. they love me, all my people with
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me. they love me all. >> reporter: if they do love you -- >> they will die to protect me, my people. >> reporter: if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing benghazi and -- >> it is al qaeda. it is al qaeda, not my people. it is al qaeda. al qaeda, al qaeda, yes. >> reporter: rerefused to accept there are protesters in the country at all. despite the fact that the opposition is now in control of most of the east coast of libya. colonel gadhafi, the president of the united states, the leaders of britain and other leaders, are calling on you to step down to leave libya to leave your position of power. will you do that? >> translator: who would leave his homeland? why do i leave my homeland? why do i leave libya? >> reporter: they say that they've done it because you have ordered force against your
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people, shooting of protesters. >> translator: this is lie, 100%. >> reporter: the international community is concerned about stockpiles of mustard gas or other kind of chemical weapons. would you ever use those? >> translator: haven't we solved the wmd programs? we got rid of all that. this is a thing of the past and we have already finished this. is it reasonable that any sensible man would use such a weapon against even his own enemy? let alone his own people. >> reporter: now, at the end we asked him about relations with the united states. he had been brought in after giving up his wmd program and say he did feel betrayed by the united states but said about president obama he thought he was a good man and over the years he had spoken to the u.n.
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and elsewhere about obama's policies and appreciated him ending the war in iraq. that's what he said about the president of the united states. diane? >> christiane, tell me more about what you felt from him sitting in the room with him, was it denial about the protesters? is someone giving him the opposite information? >> reporter: we asked over and over again, and he again and again said this was al qaeda. this was just militants. when i talked to him about benghazi, the second biggest town in the hands of the opposition, he said, no, that's not true. it's just chaos and, again, he said it was al qaeda. he again said that the demonstrations, only those doing that are on hallucinogenic drugs. >> it was a strange and riveting interview. christiane amanpour reporting from tripoli tonight. when the protesters in benghazi heard what gadhafi told christiane they were stunned and outraged telling our alex marquardt in eastern libya that gadhafi is a liar and crazy.
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and the white house also reacted quickly and strongly. let's hear about that from jake tapper there tonight. >> reporter: good evening, diane. i read some of the quotes from christiane's interview with colonel gadhafi to the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, dr. susan rice and she said, first of all, it sounds just, frankly, delusional, and she pointed to the part of the interview where he laughed and said how he can laugh when slaughtering his own people underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is to reality and noting the treasury's department's announcement freezing $30 billion in his assets, she said they have no resources to seize. they've led a clean and uncorrupt life, sarcastically, of course. >> any action plan yet from the white house? >> reporter: yes, in fact, two naval ships are repositioning, one to the red sea, the other into the mediterranean, and
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there is more talk of a no hi-f zone being imposed but the questions of the nitty-gritty of that. who would be in charge, the u.s., u.n., nato and would you shoot down the planes in libyan planes took off? >> jake tapper reporting from the white house tonight. there is new evidence that the tension in libya and across the middle east is hitting americans hard's pump. gas prices soared 19 cents over one week, the past week, hitting $3.38 a gallon. the second biggest weekly jump on record. second only to the spike right after hurricane katrina. and now bernie madoff, the man who perpetrated that $20 billion ponzi scheme has spoken on tape from the federal prison in north carolina where he was sentenced to 150 years for what he did to so many lives. our chief investigative correspondent brian ross has been on this case from the very start and tells us the new
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things madoff is saying. >> reporter: madoff's phone calls from prison sound like a kind of psychotherapy session. >> i mean, you know, i destroyed our family. >> reporter: he called a reporter from "new york" magazine steve fishman who taped the calls and plans to release more excerpts all week. >> i think that the reason that he wanted to talk with -- was in some ways to unburn himself in our conversation. >> reporter: the calls started after the suicide of madoff's son mark on the two-year anniversary of madoff's arrest. >> i cried and cried. i have tears in my eyes when i am talking to you about certain things and not a day goes by that i don't suffer. i may sound okay on the phone. trust me, i'm not okay, i never will be. >> reporter: madoff's former secretary says he seems to show no remorse. >> i didn't hear that, you know, mark is gone because of me. and i ruined people's lives. >> reporter: in fact, madoff actually blames his victims for
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expecting big returns to always be there. >> i made a lot of money for them. >> reporter: which he says made it impossible to stop the ponzi scheme. >> i tried to return funds to my friends, i tried to return moneys to the smaller clients and so on. they wouldn't take it back. the abuse i got from people, it was a nightmare. >> reporter: madoff seems to have forgotten the thousands of n nonmillionaires who lost their life savings, forced to sell their homes because of his fraud. >> bernie is in denial at some level. bernie doesn't understand that he's ruined people's lives. >> reporter: madoff also told the magazine that other than his fellow inmates and prison psychologists only his wife ruth understands him. >> she feels sorry for me to a certain extent, you know, because she realizes i'm not a horrible person. >> reporter: he calls collect because he only has $100 a month from the prison commissary. >> but he's not a horrible person. >> that's his story.
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>> thank you. weather in february ending with a battery of storms across the country, thunderstorms, tornadoes causing problems from the deep south through the northeast and matt gutman is tracking the turbulence. >> reporter: a battering ram of storms pounded more than half the country unleashing flash floods and tornado. a tornado killed a man in tennessee tossing his trailer on top of him. this twister touched down in oklahoma, golf ball-size hail came with it. other tornadoes slammed kentucky where just north of louisville, a twister flattened these three homes and flung this truck atop the debris. >> i just thank the lord i'm here because where i was sleeping, everything was -- fell all around me. >> reporter: in ohio the gates-mill dam broke triggering a flash flood that swamped the town. rescuers barely got to this man before the water swallowed his car and flooding near pittsburgh and dangerous wind and rain lashed indiana where thousands
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were left without power. only minor injuries have been reported, but most dangerously, these tornadoes are rain shrouded, invisible to the naked eye. >> when you get them shrouded by rain it's difficult to see the funnel cloud or tornado from a long distance away, so as a result, it's obstructed, and people can't prepare as much. >> reporter: and meteorologists predict the worst is yet to come in georgia and the carolinas where more tornadoes could touch down tonight. matt gutman, abc news, atlanta. and still ahead on "world news," creating american jobs. an all-american family thinks they buy a lot in the u.s. do they? get ready for a shock. charlie sheen takes on his network, his detractors amid questions tonight about mental health. and who was the biggest star of all oscar night? ♪
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america." and tonight, one family faces the truth about foreign goods and what it means to say, let's get to work together. david muir and that family, like so many of us. >> reporter: we searched all over the country for one very brave and willing american family. meet the useries. mom, dad, son, daughter and the dog amber. they were like so many other families their house must be filled with plenty made in america. >> i'd like to say we buy more american than the typical family. >> reporter: and they agreed to let "world news" come and check. we flew to dallas. we were on our way to the useries. we arrived at snow white drive. a street with parents walking their children to school, american flags in the front yards and the useries were about to be invaded. hey, it's "world news." how are you? our "made in america" challenge
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about to begin. have you thought what's made in america and what's not in your house? >> not until now. >> reporter: john is an advertising executive and she's a stay-at-home mom and said of course we buy american. what would happen when we start to pick things up. >> made in china. >> the cross? >> made in honduras. >> reporter: made in thailand. have you ever flipped it over? >> never. >> reporter: i see the kids' staff. what could be more american than that money on the monopoly board? >> the dice and tokens made in china. >> reporter: not american and the coffee table. >> the coffee table is made in india assembled by me. >> right here in the den. >> reporter: made in india, assembled here in the house. doesn't count. >> no. >> reporter: that was just the living room. looking what's on the plate and not underneath it. here's the test. the table is made in thailand. and the chairs? yes, yes.
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>> reporter: a fork -- >> this one is from korea. >> china. >> reporter: the plate from japan. anything in america made on this table. >> does not appear to be. >> reporter: even the children's rooms. what about your texas hat? >> let's see. bangladesh. >> reporter: this is your room and ellis and her prized american girl dolls. what does it say? made in china. checking the living room, where is your couch made from? >> right here, see. >> reporter: china. you might laugh but in the 1960s 9 out of every 10 products americans bought were made in america. today more than half of what we buy is foreign made. we wondered could they manage without foreign made products at all? so we'll ask you if you would leave your own house in our hands. and they did. bye, david.
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>> reporter: you're really going to leave me in your house? just me and the dog left. as they drove away they had no idea what they already learned was just the tip of the iceberg because back inside we kept going. it was every room of the house. the bedroom, their bedspread, pakistan, nightstand, indonesia, lamp, china. we have movers waiting across the street here to take out everything that isn't made america and this is where it's all going. anything foreign made from inside that house right in here. the stove ripped out, the refrigerator, gone the piano. that is a heavy piano. whew! the living room down, the kitchen down. the bedrooms. and every inch of that trailer filled. and with the sun setting, the useries were about to return to this. and this and this. their living room with one lone vase. welcome home.
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and an even bigger challenge tomorrow night trying to find american goods to replace every one of those items we took out. the big question, would we succeed and, diane, you and i were talking about this earlier. economists say if we spend 1% more than what we're spending right now on american goods we could create 200,000 jobs immediately which is why we're doing this. >> 18 cents a day. >> 18 cents. >> to create so many american jobs. all right, can't wait to see their faces tomorrow night. thank you, david. coming up, charlie sheen. why is he suing cbs? sam higgins... you have frequent heartburn, right ? yeah, it flares up a few days a week. well, we're the two active ingredients in zegerid otc. i'm omeprazole, the leading prescription heartburn medicine. and i'm sodium bicarbonate. i protect him from stomach acid so he can get to work. look, guys, i've already tried a lot of stuff. wow. with zegerid otc, you get 24-hour relief. so, this is goodbye heartburn ? gone. finito. zegerid otc. two ingredients... mission. heartburn solved.
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every now and then it's as if we all watch together someone famous who seems to be in trouble beyond our reach or help. charlie sheen has given an interview to abc news and tonight andrea canning tells us what he said and the concerned reaction this evening. >> reporter: charlie sheen is out of a job and now he's fighting back. are you going to sue? >> well, i mean, wouldn't you? i don't have a job. i got a whole family to support, i love. >> reporter: what are you going to sue for. >> tons. to put it on a scale, little more, little more, add some gold. bingo. i'm a warlock. come on, man. >> reporter: what does that mean? >> i don't know. >> reporter: where do these words come from. >> the words that sound cool together. it comes from my grand wizard master. i don't know. stuff just comes out and it's
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entertaining and fun. >> reporter: his inexplicable speech sometimes have some wondering about his health. many of his complaints from sleeplessness to a highly evolved brain that can't be unplugged are simms of bipolar. dr. drew pinsky said he's getting manic. these are bipolar manic symptoms. doctors say it's impossible to diagnose him without examining him but signs of mania should be taken seriously. >> in terms of the self-attitude patients can be grand east either in the form of just being supremely self-confident. patients with moderate forms of it can tell me they feel invincible. >> reporter: listen to sheen describe his previous drug use. how do you survive that. >> because i'm me. i'm me. i have have a different constitution, a different heart. >> reporter: some are saying you are bipolar.
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now a footnote about something we noticed at last night's oscar shows. it seems all of the star power was not on the stage and david wright explains. >> reporter: they say success has many fathers, but moms, there's only one. >> hi, mom. >> annie, honey, stand up straight. mr. steven spielberg is here, honey. >> reporter: on the red carpet mothers seemed to be this year's accessory of choice. may just be generational. eye sign that this year's stars are so young or maybe hollywood was making up for a year when the movies were so tough on parents. >> you sweet girl. >> i want to thank my parents who are right there, first and foremost for giving me my life and for giving me the opportunity to work from such an early age. >> reporter: natalie portman dedicated her oscar to
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motherhood. >> and my beautiful love benjamin who has given me my most important role of my life. >> reporter: if there were, indeed, a category for best mom, well, the oscar would have to go to meredith hooper, mother of the des director. accepting his oscar tom hooper described how his mother actuallydiscovered "the king's speech." >> she rang me up and said, tom, i think i actually found your next film. [ applause ] >> so with this tonight i honor you and the moral of the story is, listen to your mother. >> reporter: just imagine how proud she must be. david wright, abc news, hollywood. love all those moms. hope you have a great monday night and that we see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
ABC February 28, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm EST

News/Business. Diane Sawyer. The latest world and national news. New. (HD) (CC)

TOPIC FREQUENCY America 11, Gadhafi 7, Madoff 7, U.s. 7, China 6, Libya 5, Charlie Sheen 5, Christiane Amanpour 4, Diane 4, Christiane 4, Abc 4, Tripoli 3, Benghazi 3, United States 3, Bernie Madoff 2, U.n. 2, Bernie 2, T. Rowe 2, Matt Gutman 2, Andrea Canning 2
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